Vesuvio launches low-budget division

First project to be Clint Lien's 'The Bitch'

Vesuvio Entertainment Corp. is launching a new low-budget production and sales division, Vesuvio Rough Diamonds, and its first in-house project is writer-director Clint Lien's franchise horror film "The Bitch."

Launched in 2008 by company CEO and president Greg H. Sims, Vesuvio is debuting its sales arm and startup division here at the AFM.

Sims told THR that they have been developing "The Bitch" for several years and plan to make it with the company's ethos of making high-end movies "for a price."

Sims said he plans to launch a domestic distribution operation in the coming months to handle theatrical, digital and DVD rollouts for the company's titles and acquisitions and plans a theatrical rollout for "The Bitch". He has struck a deal with Rocky Mountain Pictures to work on the theatrical distribution. It is currently in pre-production and set to shoot in Vancouver "shortly after AFM," in the first quarter of 2009, Sims said.

Vesuvio Rough Diamond's budgets will up to $5 million and casting is underway.

The startup has also taken U.S. rights to writer-director Jared Cohn's "The Carpenter," bought franchise rights to it and is repping worldwide sales to the project. It is repping worldwide sales on the title also. Cohn is billed by Sims as a "triple threat" because as well as penning and directing the script, he will also star under the name Jared Michaels.

Sims' producer resume includes several micro budget films which have gone on to find mainstream audiences such as "Red Surf," a picture with George Clooney and "Touch Me," a title which included Michael Vartan and Amanda Peet in it.

"Vesuvio was conceived with the goal of creating a new independent, modest in size but commercially viable, by taking advantage of the synergy between filmed entertainment and music," said Sims. "We will be implementing innovative new strategies that will treat our films like music properties, and vice versa."
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